Developing content knowledge, pedagogical expertise, and skill in using technology for data analysis, probability, and statistics
Quantifying Uncertainty and Analyzing Numerical Trends (QUANT) is a yearlong Advanced Teacher Capacity professional development program for mathematics teachers in Grades 9-12. The current QUANT program began with a 1-week summer institute on 14-19 June 2015 at Ohio University in Athens, followed by two days of scholar presentations on 3-4 August 2015 and two Friday follow-up workshops on 16 October 2015 and 26 February 2016. QUANT includes ongoing online support, including bi-weekly webinars throughout the 2015-2016 academic year.
QUANT focuses on data analysis, probability and statistics. Participants explore these concepts in-depth using TI-nspire handheld computers, TI-nspire software, and other tools for teaching and learning. The program is designed to help teachers who are not highly qualified, have no formal education in probability, or have limited preparation in statistics. Special education and intervention teachers are encouraged to participate. All QUANT scholars develop and enact plans to use rich instructional activities and assessments in their classrooms and can share lesson plans with other scholars.
The QUANT program provides participants with $400 worth of materials, access to additional resources, plus food and stipends. A free residential option is available for participants who live more than 45 miles from Ohio University. Optional graduate credit is available at a reduced tuition rate.
The QUANT professional development program will not be offered at Ohio University during Summer 2016. Instead, two in-depth Modspar professional development programs will be offered beginning Summer 2016: Modeling with Algebra and Modeling with Geometry. For more information about Modspar and the Advanced Teacher Capacity project, check the links below or contact Mary Harmison.
Here's what past QUANT participants have said:
"QUANT helped me become a better teacher."
"I attended the workshop with a co-worker and was extremely glad I did. I believe that sharing this experience will make us a stronger team, give us support when trying new technology...and provide some good discussions about what it means for students to 'do math.'"
"I am more motivated to teach every day. I approach the content with leading questions that involve more attention and response from the students. I have used technology more often in the classroom. I am constantly trying to get the students to make more connections to the math."
"It has given me many new lesson plans that are hands-on for the students. It has helped show me how to push myself to create new lesson plans that get students involved..."
The QUANT program is supported by the Advanced Teacher Capacity (ATC) grant. The total estimated costs for the 2015-2016 ATC project are $325,906, which includes a $184,829 grant of federal funds from the Improving Teacher Quality Program administered by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, covering approximately 56.7% of the total costs.